By Susan Currell
The Twenties observed the U.S. upward push to its present prestige because the best global superpower, matched by way of an rising cultural dominance that characterised the second one 1/2 the 20th century. This e-book offers an stimulating account of the main cultural and highbrow developments of the last decade which have been pivotal to its characterization as 'the jazz age'. Currell's publication locations universal representations of the 'roaring twenties' and the 'lost iteration' into context via chapters on literature, track and function, movie and radio, and visible paintings and layout, along the extraordinary upward thrust of rest and intake within the Twenties
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62 Organising a growing network of associations and Bible institutes, fundamentalists emphasised the literal truth of the Bible and the Gospels and challenged scientific ideas that threatened this. ’63 However, the anti-evolutionary movement within fundamentalism had become a ‘national fad’ by 1925, epitomised in the trial of John Scopes for teaching evolution at a school in Dayton, Tennessee. The Scopes Trial, 1925 The Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ became the stage on which these key conflicts were played out in the public arena.
American culture in the 1920s by Susan Currell